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CARM Casa Agricola Roboredo Madeira Grande Reserva 2013 (750 ml) CARM Casa Agricola Roboredo Madeira Grande Reserva 2013 (750 ml)

WA 92

The 2013 Grande Reserva is mostly a Touriga Nacional with 10% Touriga Franca and 5% Tinta Roriz added in. It was aged for 12 months in new French oak. This is the first big step up in dollars in CARM's red lineup this issue, a lineup that is chock full of values. What do you get for the extra bucks? The easy answer is the obvious one: structure and concentration. There is also more wood apparent, but the deeper mid-palate absorbs it well. Showing fine grip on the finish, although the tannins are controlled and not particularly hard, this is not quite as expressive as its less expensive siblings because it needs more time to develop. Overall, this has great potential, but it needs a little more time. Come back around 2019-2020 if you can. It certainly looks like a fine example of the brand.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)

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Quinta do Vallado Reserva Field Blend, Douro 2012 (750 ml) Quinta do Vallado Reserva Field Blend, Douro 2012 (750 ml)

WE 95

In the old times, a Douro vineyard held a muddle of any number of different local grapes. This wine, from 80-year-old vines, is a tribute to the old style of vineyard planting. It's firm, very concentrated and dark, with stunning tannins and rich fruit. The black plum-skin texture, superripe fruit, chocolate and final acidity are all developing slowly and impressively. Drink from 2018.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2015)

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Conceito Tinto, Douro 2012 (750 ml) Conceito Tinto, Douro 2012 (750 ml)

WA 93, WE 93

The 2012 Estate Tinto is revisited this issue as part of the vertical of Conceito's Estate red. This lacks the depth of some vintages, but it is fresh, lifted, graceful and powerful. In other words, the same type of profile we saw with the 2011. Beautifully focused, vigorous and a bit astringent at the moment, this has closed up since I last saw it. Handling its oak well, it demonstrates how fine it will be one day. It would really help if you could give it a couple of years before opening it, though. This is a young puppy whose best days are well in front of it. It may not have the same depth as some years, but its fresh feel and serious backbone will serve it well.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)

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Barao de Vilar Maynard's 30 Years Old Aged Tawny Port NV (750 ml) Barao de Vilar Maynard's 30 Years Old Aged Tawny Port NV (750 ml)

WA 92-93


The NV 30 Years Old Tawny Port Maynard's is a traditional blend with 111 grams per liter of residual sugar. It was bottled in 2016--in a rather odd bottle looking like a Mateus Rosé. The wine is a lot better than that, happily. This was the first release of this bottling with this presentation. A bit hard and a little harsh on the end, it evolves a bit in the glass and then shows off its best points--the amazing structure, the precision and focus. There still seemed to be just a touch of alcohol on the finish, a little too much brandy. It is dry and persistent, otherwise exceptional. In fairness to this bottling, it was only bottled the day before being seen--but since it was hand bottled just to show it to me, said Alvaro van Zeller, it was fine to present. Hence, this note.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)

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Feuerheerd's Colheita Port 1975 (750 ml) Feuerheerd's Colheita Port 1975 (750 ml)

WA 93


The 1975 Colheita Port (Feuerheerd’s) is a blend of 35% Touriga Franca, 15% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Barroca, 15% Tinta Roriz and 15% Tinto Cão, coming in at 133 grams per liter of residual sugar. It is light, but lingering. While it is relatively light for its age, it still seems to have more concentration than the 1982, also reviewed, plus a sharper, more intense feel. That has some pros and cons. The acidity and the age lend this more complexity, but it does finish rather sharply, without quite the same sex appeal. Overall, it does the job. Here, as with most all Tawnies, it is important to drink this a bit cool. This is scheduled for release in September 2015.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

Our Price: $109.99
Feuerheerd's Colheita Port 1963 (750 ml) Feuerheerd's Colheita Port 1963 (750 ml)

WA 95


The 1963 Colheita Port (Feuerheerd’s), coming in at 142 grams per liter of residual sugar, is brilliant. Lush and gorgeously constructed, it shows off its power and its intensity of acidity on the finish, but also its remarkable viscosity and intensity of flavor. It is often wonderful, frequently fabulous. It's a beauty that touches all the bases. This was scheduled for release in September 2015.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)

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Taylor Fladgate Single Harvest Very Old 1964 Port (750 ml) Taylor Fladgate Single Harvest Very Old 1964 Port (750 ml)

WS 93

Smooth, spicy and still fresh, with a subtly unfolding array of candied ginger, dried apple, citrus zest and marzipan flavors supported by bright acidity. Finishes with hints of anise and juniper. Drink now. 150 cases imported.

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2014)

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Taylor Fladgate Very Old Single Harvest Port 1968 (750 ml) Taylor Fladgate Very Old Single Harvest Port 1968 (750 ml)

WS 98, WE 95, WA 94

Gorgeous from the get-go, with toasted sesame, green tea, walnut husk, pistachio cream and peanut toffee notes seamlessly layered atop one another, framed by a subtle singed alder hint. Everything glides with grace through the finish like a gently wafting plume of smoke off burning incense. Drink now.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2018)

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